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Scout report: PSV (jan-feb 15)

Analysis of opposition's tactics - FC PSV Eindhoven (based on the games of Jan - Feb, 2015)

Scout report: PSV (jan-feb 15)

  1. 1. ` Opposition scout report Jan - Feb 2015 Prepared by Peter Chulkov
  2. 2. 2  PSV realizes play-making strategy using circulation football with aim to create 1-vs-1 situation on flank for wide forwards. Players are good at positional game.  PSV is proactive in defense (meet opponent’s attacks with high pressing <-> or in medium block with transition to high pressing).  The team starts game cautiously gradually increasing intensity, especially with the beginning of the 2nd half  Will to win – players struggle till last minutes (won 5 games in which the team conceded first goal)  The first XI is stable, no rotation. Changes are done mainly due to injuries. In all games PSV uses typical Dutch system 4-3-3 with one holding midfielder  Substitutions don’t change the system of play  Typical substitutions: - input of «fresher» holding midfielder (Hiljemark (strong skill – interception) comes in for Guardado or central midfielder) - change right forward Narsingh – Locadia comes in for him in final 10-15 minutes. He is pacey forward and can change the game - left defender is to be ready. System of play * If Guardado will not be recovered till the game possible change Hiljemark (#27) * Isimat Mirin (#2) may replace Bruma 1 Zoet 15 3 45 18 9 6 117 AriasWillems Rekik Guardado Depay L. de Jong Narsingh Maher Wijnaldum 10 Bruma
  3. 3. 3 • The attacks starts from the triangular formed from central backs and Guardado. Bruma often defines the direction or Guardado does - if the former is absent in first XI. • Typical pattern in 2nd phase of build-up is pass to the fullbacks who take positions near the central line on flank. The fullback aims on getting ball to wide forward in shortest time, often after run with the ball along flanks. Other patterns: - Guardado plays diagonal ball towards Depay - Central defender (Bruma, Rekik) plays long ball to L. de Jong, who look for space in the zone between the lines (creating alternative way for build-up) - Central defenders (Bruma, Rekik) run with into the midfield and play towards L. de Jong. Isimat-Mirin doesn’t start attacks with long ball and avoid progressing with the ball. • Maher and Wijnaldum mostly provide flank players with support in the build-up, struggle for 2nd ball. In offense the team is aimed on getting the ball to wide forwards - Depay and Narsingh are both pacey dribblers and prefer situations “1-vs-1” vs fullback of the opponent. Offensive organization (1/2) Patterns in short build-up • Maher, Wijnaldum provide support when ball is on flank • Guardado – field vision, play deep • Fullback are vulnerable under pressing 1 15 3 4 5 18 9 6 11 7 10 • The fullbacks are vulnerable under the pressing of the opponent (especially left back Willems). Isimat-Mirin commits mistakes in passing.
  4. 4. 4 • PSV plays circulation football strategy and often change side of the attacks. The opponent’s players are to be alert all the game and shift positions in defense timely. Most share of goals (43%) the team scored in last 15 minutes of each half when opponent’s attention was exhausted. • Change of the angle of attacks if performed via central midfielders or Guardado with usage of diagonals balls • Depay is inclined to move centrally when the ball is on right flank. Willems moves up taking position of wide midfielder on left flank. In case of transfer the ball from right to left flank – the ball is sent to Willems. Another option is Depay’s movement behind the defender – always attention if the ball is received by Guardado. (A) • Narsingh is pure winger and he always looks for space on flank. L. de Jong also moves closer to flank if the rival gets numbers when wide forwards gets ball on the flank and gives additional support in possession (B) The core in offensive organization of the team is to creating the situation 1-vs-1 on flanks. Offensive organization (2/2) 15 4 18 9 6 11 7 10 15 418 9 6 117 10 Patterns in change side of the attacks A B
  5. 5. 5 • Narsingh tries to reach the flank zone for performing cross to the penalty box. He also actively combines with right fullback Arias. • When the cross is performed – 3 players attacks in the box: Depay (far post), de Jong (center), central midfielder far related to the ball (near post ). Second central midfielder (often Wijnaldum) is responsible for 2nd ball. (A) • When wide forward with ball is on flank – fullback moves inside. Fullback makes cross or shot from distance (A) • If Narsingh can’t progress along the flank – he cut in, plays one-two with central midfielder and run into the box. Another way – pass to central midf / Guardado (!) and through ball to Depay (B) • When wide forwards run into the center de Jong moves down trying to drag central defender (!) • Depay tries to come into the box diagonally from flank or cut in and shots from distance or play through balls (attention to runs of Maher / Wijnaldum) (C) Pattern in final stage of attacks is depended on the individual decisions of wide forwards Final stage of attacks 4 9 6 11 7 10 1815 4 9 6 11 7 10 18 9 6 11 7 10 A B C
  6. 6. 6 • The main threat is Depay’s movement into free space on left flank. Central midfielders move up quickly in support through central channels. • Also when the attack starts from own half de Jong moves down and the attack can be developed using the “play on third” (pass to de Jong – flick-on - pass towards flank) • If central midfielder win 2nd ball on own half they speed up the attack with individual dribbling and play towards wide forward from opponent’s half • When the team win the ball on opponent’s half – Depay’s movement behind opponent’s fullback is main threat • In final stage of fast attacks wide forwards tries to finish himself coming into the penalty box or play pass from the flank. The wide forwards of another flank (center) and central midfielder or forward (far or near post) attack the ball in the box • The goalkeeper Zoet is delayed in fast attack start The team shows quick change of attitude in transition from defense to attack (43% of goals scored from fast attacks). The aim is to deliver the ball to wide forwards, preferably behind opponent’s fullback Offensive transition – fast attacks 18 9 6 11 7 10 18 9 6 11 7 10
  7. 7. 153 5 1 18 4 7 • The high pressing is started on the level of central defenders – L. de Jong chases defender who get the ball. The team uses man marking • In medium block the team mixes man marking and zonal defense. The central midfielders often follow the opponents who start movement from player’s zone. They are non-aggressive and try to press opponent on the moment of receiving the ball. The midfielder can be drawn with back pass to central defender. There are gaps between the lines which can be used for offensive organization (right side is preferable - Maher loses player). The defense is positioned too up in the field - space behind the defense can be used in dynamic combination. (A) • Defense also uses mix of marking and zonal - central defenders follow opponent’s striker too deep, fullback may come to closer to flank. It leaves gaps in defenders’ line - after through-balls PSV conceded 4 goals from 10 in last 10 games (another 4 was conceded from set-pieces). Rekik, Williams, Isimat Mirin commits positional errors – don’t narrow timely. It is preferably to draw out Rekik (B). • Fullbacks often are stayed in situation 1vs1 on flank – lack of covering PSV uses high pressing on opponent’s half or meets attacks of opponent in medium block in formation 4- 1-4-1 with transition to high pressing. and help on flanks from central midfielder and wide forwards. Narsingh is less disciplined in defensive actions. It is recommended to put more pressure on right flank in flank attacks. Defense – key points & gaps 1 15 3 4 5 18 9 6 11 7 10 A B
  8. 8. 8 • Covering defense when the team attacks is consist of central defenders + on higher line Guardado and fullback of far side related to ball • In the transition to defense the team is broken and the favorable way for opponent to counterattack is through the central zone, with pass behind Guardado. Central defender follow striker, but doesn’t tackle – quick support is important. • Central midfielder Wijnaldum (right) and wide forwards (especially right Narsingh) are delay in recovering the defensive position. The players of the left side – Maher & Depay – are more disciplined in recovering. It is preferable use right side of defense. After losing the possession of the ball near player initiate pressing but there is not organized team pressing. Others related to defensive actions • Williams is non-tempered and often commits fouls • Central midfielders are not good at wining the 2nd ball on own half – the team lost in most cases Transition to defense 1 15 3 4 5 18 10 In transition to defense • Guardado – only block to stop transition; he prefers to move up to the opponent with ball. Hiljemark (possible change in fist XI) prefers to anticipate pass – good at interceptions • Defender follows striker and fast support is required • Wijnaldum and Narsingh are delay in recovering
  9. 9. 9 Lateral free-kicks are taken by Maher or Guardado. The ball is sent mostly in the direction to the far post. 3 players make diagonal run into the zone of the cross. One player (Rekik or Willams) run on the nearest post. Corners From the left flank the kicks are taken by Maher (inswing to near post) or Guardado (outswing to central zone or far post). From right – Willems (inswing to central zone). 5 players in the box: Narsinhg blocks the goalkeeper, 4 makes mostly diagonals runs (normally 2 of them run into the destination of cross). The main threats are Rekik, de Jong. Depay sometimes anticipates on near post from the keeper box. Maher can initiate short corner with pass to the corner of the penalty box. The player who are responsible for 2nd ball runs for the ball. Getting the ball he looks for pass into the box. Direct free-kick is taken by Depay. The ball is sent above the wall to furthest away post from goalkeeper. Set-pieces (attack) 11 3 5 910 15 6 7 15 7 6 11 3 59 10 18 7 6 11 3 59 10
  10. 10. 10 In lateral free-kicks one player (Narsingh) is in the wall, Guardado control possible wide run into the box, 2 players (Arias / Maher) control possible late penetration and play for 2nd ball, 5 players mark man-to-man in the penalty box. The players who marking in the box follow the opponents and it can be used. The players in the box can be drawn from central zone where player from zone of Depay make run freely. Corners In corner-kicks Maher is positioned on the goal line (centrally), 1-2 player in the zone of the near post (Guardado / Arias / Willems), 5 players mark man-to-man in the penalty box. 2 players (Narsingh and Depay) are positioned outside the box (ready for fast transition to offense). Frequent mistake – losing the player’s rival run from the keeper box toward near post. Set-pieces (defense) 15 7 6 11 3 5 9 10 1 18 4 15 7 6 11 3 5 9 10 1 18 4
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Analysis of opposition's tactics - FC PSV Eindhoven (based on the games of Jan - Feb, 2015)


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